ROCHESTER MAN OF THE YEAR:  Mike Cambra

ROCHESTER — It would be difficult to find someone here who does not know Mike Cambra. After moving from New Bedford in the early 1970s,

he spent his first 10 years in town teaching at the Rochester Memorial School.

 

By DON CUDDY

 

Posted Dec. 29, 2008 at 12:05 AM

Updated Dec 29, 2008 at 12:16 AM

 

ROCHESTER — It would be difficult to find someone here who does not know Mike Cambra. After moving from New Bedford in the early 1970s,

he spent his first 10 years in town teaching at the Rochester Memorial School.

"Rochester was a very small town then," he said. "There were only about 1,800 people here, and as a teacher I got to know all of the families."

After leaving teaching, he ran successfully for selectman, an office he held for six years. "The big issue back then was expanding Memorial School,

and I helped to get that passed. But when I was up for re-election the tax bills came out to pay for it and that was the end of my reign," he said,

chuckling.

 

More recently, Mr. Cambra has become known for his efforts to provide relief far beyond SouthCoast to the people of Liberia, the poverty-stricken

West African country still trying to emerge from the devastation that resulted from more than a decade of civil war.

 

Rochester volunteer Ann Cambra earns AARP honor

 

Ann Cambra gives back on many fronts

Cambra, 62, who will formally receive the award at a ceremony at the Rochester Council on Aging on Sept. 10, has earned the honor through an impressive range of community service involvement.By Michael J. DeCicco

Contributing writer

 

Posted Sep. 8, 2015 at 5:30 AM

 

ROCHESTER — Ann Cambra has won the American Association of Retired Persons' prestigious state volunteer award, the 2015 AARP Andrus Award for Community Service.

 

Friedman students make a donation to Mission to Liberia

 

Students at Benjamin A. Friedman Middle School were congratulated Friday for surpassing their goal to raise money for a village and four schools in the African country of Liberia.

 

By Charles Winokoor

Taunton Gazette Staff Reporter  

 

Posted Feb. 13, 2015 at 11:18 PM

Updated Feb 13, 2015 at 11:22 PM

 

TAUNTON — Students at Benjamin A. Friedman

Middle School were congratulated Friday for

surpassing their goal to raise money for a village

and four schools in the African country of Liberia.

 

Local group on a mission to help the struggling people of Liberia

 

Duazhon is a small, impoverished town in Liberia, about 55 miles south of Monrovia, the West African nation's capital. Like most of the country, it has no electricity or running water. Its water supply is, in fact, often so contaminated, ingesting it can, and does, kill.

By Marsha Zeitz

 

Posted Jul. 1, 2012 at 12:01 AM

 

Duazhon is a small, impoverished town in Liberia, about 55 miles south of Monrovia, the West African nation's capital. Like most of the country, it has no electricity or running water. Its water supply is, in fact, often so contaminated, ingesting it can, and does, kill.

Roads surrounding the town are sometimes muddy dirt tracks that, in the rainy season, are nearly impassable. The people are desperately poor, health care is all but nonexistent and life is often brutally hard to sustain.

Ann Fournier, 65, of Dartmouth, visited Duazhon in May 2012 as a board member of a Rochester non-profit organization called Mission to Liberia. The group has been providing relief and assistance to the area, but she also went because she had formed an emotional attachment to the people and the country she had worked with and come to know so well.

"I've been very involved with Mission to Liberia since its beginning, but that never satisfied my need to actually see the country," says Fournier. "I wanted to visit it, to see the people, talk to them one-on-one. I recognized that there would be a financial commitment if I went there, but I felt it was worth it."